Arsenal Join Queue Of Clubs
Arsenal are being linked with a move for 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder Maycon.
The young Corinthians star was close to a move to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of January after the Ukrainian side offered €6million (£5.3million) for his signature. However, Corinthians dug in their heels and said they wouldn’t sell for any offer of less than €8million (£7million).
The Brazilian club own 80 percent of Maycon’s economic rights.
Napoli were also keeping tabs on Maycon’s situation in January and reports from Brazil now claim he is also a target for Arsenal.
The youngster was promoted to Corinthians’ first team in 2016. He has gone on to make a total of 61 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals and winning two league titles: the Sao Paulo state title in 2017 and the Brazilian Serie A the same year.
As ever, the problem with signing young overseas players is their lack of eligibility to play in English football. While Maycon has represented Brazil at under-20 level he has yet to make a full international appearance for his country. That is likely to disqualify him from attaining a UK work permit.
It’s a situation Arsenal have found themselves in previously. The work-round has been to sign the player and to send him out on loan at a European club. Joel Campbell is the current squad member who has been sent on loan on a number of occasions. The Costa Rica international might argue that it hasn’t exactly helped his career in that he has barely got a look-in.
But it’s a situation that affects Napoli as well. The system in Italy calls for clubs to have a quota of players from outside Europe and there are no slots available at present.
Shakhtar could be back in for Maycon this summer and they could find a clear run at the Brazilian with their rivals hamstrung by regulations.